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Dinosaur Pizza

We experiment with a deliciously effective way to get your kids to eat their vegetables.
By Kate Rogers

When I first heard about Dinosaur Pizza, I knew I loved it. Dinosaur Pizza, according to Tina Pramann, one of the world’s finest childcare professionals (imho), is a tactic to get your children to eat their vegetables by asking them to pretend they’re the giant-est and hardest-core vegetarians to have ever roamed the earth. Of course, I’m referring to the Brontosaurus.

When you’re a 16-ton celebrity of the Jurassic period, instead of a small child, a pile of leafy green things surrounded by cheese and sauce tastes totally good rather than totally grody.

My kids are a little young for the concept of imaginative play-eating, but we’d recently suffered a dino disaster in our household. I was eager to restore the good Bronto-name.  

Dinosaur Pizza is easy to pull together from pantry and freezer staples, as I did last Sunday night before I’d gotten to the grocery store. While I didn’t have a jar of pizza sauce, I did have a can of tomatoes, so I made Marcella Hazan’s famously simple, famously delicious tomato sauce for the pizza base.

I prebaked the pizza crust for about 5 minutes, then piled it high with shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, broccoli cuts and thawed frozen spinach.

It baked in a 425°F. oven for about 12 more minutes. 

After a few minutes on the “cool down plate,” we all banded together and did our best pre-historic growl before digging into the good stuff. It was awesome. 

*Yes, his eyes were closed for the photos. Because he was too focused on shoveling all that good spinach into his mouth!

Tell me, do you think Dinosaur Pizza would work in your house? 



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